February 1 – 7, 2020


Nationals deputy leader Senator Bridget McKenzie.


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Masking for trouble

By now it is clear the face mask is the object that most defines this new decade. From an unfashionable item confined to special conditions in specific geographies, it is fast becoming ubiquitous. It is the facial accessory du jour, filtering the effects of fires, plagues, pestilence, climate and uncertainty. The closer civilisation hurtles towards dystopia, the more citizens will put their faith in this ungainly facial furniture.

Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Tricks and spin

Scott Morrison has been criticised for his failures of leadership. For being devoid of the nous required to steer the country through crisis. But there are one’s personal shortcomings, and the choices one makes. Morrison made a choice not to plan for the bushfires, nor for his three years in power.


Appreciating the quality

It was a refreshing moment to once again receive the quality journalism embedded in the pages of The Saturday Paper. Clarity, honesty and truth was there in all its 32-page wonderment. Sean Kelly’s particularly …

A fire disaster waiting to happen

Welcome back and thanks for the excellent analysis of our fire, climate and leadership crises by Debra Jopson (“Planting doubt”, January 25-31), Nick Feik and Sean Kelly. A fundamental …

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Ezra Koenig performing at a 2019 Danish music festival.


Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig

After a six-year hiatus, Ezra Koenig’s band Vampire Weekend won a 2020 Grammy for their latest album, Father of the Bride. He reflects on the changing landscape of the music industry and how he handles his new-found fame. “We have a deep connection with a certain group of people, and we’ve grown it a little bit, but at a very sustainable rate.”

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Home, I’m Darling

Boasting a superlative performance by Nikki Shiels, Home, I’m Darling combines high farce and drama to interrogate gender roles.


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László Krasznahorkai
Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming

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Garth Greenwell

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Xavier Hennekinne and Phil Day
Lost Words


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Nougat parfait with praline and grilled peaches

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CAR T-cell cancer therapy

A new form of immunotherapy that harvests T cells from a patient’s blood, genetically modifies them and delivers them back into the bloodstream is bringing new hope to leukaemia sufferers.

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Tennis legend Rod Laver

While other former Australian tennis champions court controversy, Rod Laver, the only player to achieve two grand slams, continues to be lauded as Australia’s greatest living sportsman.




“If you’re very wealthy you can afford to have as many kids as you want.”

Tony AbbottThe former prime minister looks at Australia’s shrinking middle class and blames women.


“I campaigned for years to have Ross date women of colour.”

David Schwimmer

The Friends star tells The Guardian how he was a champion for greater diversity on the show. He wasn’t clear if he campaigned as hard as he did to be paid $US1 million an episode.


“Shame on … Jill Hennessy, the Victorian Attorney General for responding to muckraking from ideologues rather than seeking proper evidence.”

Bettina ArndtThe commentator, who once interviewed a convicted paedophile about his persecution by feminists, takes umbrage on Twitter with calls to strip her of her Australia Day honour.


“Morrison is not, and has never been, a marketer. He is an economist by training.”

Mark RitsonThe former marketing professor outlines his criticism of the prime minister’s new nickname, “Scotty from Marketing”, saying it isn’t fair to people in marketing.


“There’s only one thing longer than the list of Margaret Court’s tennis achievements: it’s her list of offensive and homophobic statements.”

John McEnroeThe seven-time grand slam winner hits out at the decision to honour the controversial champion at this year’s Australian Open.


“Get rid of your chip off your shoulder.”

Pauline HansonThe One Nation leader, never one to hold a grudge, criticises Invasion Day protesters.